fbpx

The time when RPGs went to college

As we moved closer to completing the book (spoilers: it’s done), I found myself gravitating to my Red Box D&D set, which sits just off to the side of my office desk. As I lament that I don’t have nearly enough time to write stories anymore, I also find myself missing the joy of immersing within stories.

When it comes down to it, what drew me into role-playing games wasn’t the idea of a quest, it was the same idea that drew me to literature. I wanted to get lost in a story, visit a world beyond my own, and learn something about myself that I hadn’t before.

Of course not every story is transformative Not every story teaches us a lesson. Sometimes games just…are.

Dungeons & Dragons With Class: Bringing Old-School RPGs to College

From the outset, I knew this course would be a pedagogical challenge. I wanted more than a simple lecture course. I sought to integrate academic research with popular non-academic readings while also including opportunities for experiential learning and direct interaction with game designers, artists, and publishers. I had a lot of work to do.

Koe is an introduction to the Japanese language in a game reminiscent of traditional JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Pokemon.

Disaster role-play exercise helps William Woods University improve preparedness, safety plan

“I feel like I’m playing a giant game of Dungeons & Dragons,” said William Woods University Behavioral and Social Science Chair Shawn Hull as he jotted down statistics on a pad of paper. The training exercise Hull was in wasn’t unlike the popular tabletop role-playing game in which players take on personas to tackle scenarios created by a game master. White and about 30 other colleagues in the room spent Wednesday afternoon balancing fictional tasks, managing hypothetical resources and interacting with imaginary officials.

As always, our shameless plug: Order your copy of Dungeons & Dreamers today.

You may also like

One comment

Leave a comment

Download a Free eBook
If you're interested in keeping up with my writing projects, I’ll overlook your bad judgement on that and instead say thank you. A writer's life blood is readers. Without you, I'm just a crazy guy sitting in his office furiously screaming on the page for no reason. So sign up for my mailing list, and download Frankenstein’s Legacy, my latest work published by CMU’s ETC Press.
Never display this again